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Putin to hold bilateral meetings with Macron, Merkel and Xi Jinping in Buenos Aires

Wednesday, November 28th 2018 - 18:32 UTC
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Kremlin spokesman Yuri Ushakov (R) released details of Vladimir Putin's agenda for his stay in Buenos Aires. Kremlin spokesman Yuri Ushakov (R) released details of Vladimir Putin's agenda for his stay in Buenos Aires.

While in Argentina for the upcoming G-20 Summit, Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to hold bilateral talks with France's Emmanuel Macron, China's Xi Xinpung and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Kremlin sources announced Wednesday.

 With Macron, Putin hopes to discuss Ukraine, the Middle East and the United States' unilateral decision to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty), Kremlin spokesman Yuri Ushakov said.

“During the discussion of the international agenda, above all, [Putin and Macron] will discuss the Ukrainian crisis and Syrian regulation, as well as the situation in Libya,” said Ushakov, who added that both heads of state “plan to discuss the issue of coordinating activities on maintaining the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the Iranian nuclear program, as well as [its implications for] European security ... in the context of Washington’s exit from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.”

For Putin's talks with Merkel, Ushakov anticipated both leaders are to discuss “current issues of the global and regional agenda, including prospects of peaceful regulation in Syria and international cooperation aimed at the political and diplomatic solution to the Ukrainian domestic conflict.”

Putin and Xi are expected to analyse “directions of further development of Russian-Chinese comprehensive, equal and trust-based partnership and strategic cooperation, as well as to exchange opinions on key global and regional issues,” where both countries seem to agree on most items, according to Ushakov.


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